A new Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking) has been established by the Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT) to provide students with some of the “most in-demand ICT skills”, such as networking and cyber security, who are looking to enter the ICT industry.
According to AIICT – a start-up launched in 2019 by cybersecurity training provider DDLS – in light of critical ICT and cybersecurity skills shortages in Australia “which have skyrocketed even further as a result of remote working”, it has designed the course specifically for individuals who aspire to work in entry-level ICT administrator or technician roles.
“Uniquely, the 100% online course allows students to study at their own pace, and start whenever they are ready. If Australia is going to fix its skills shortages and encourage more professionals into the field, it is crucial that people have access to flexible, quality online training programs, which they can structure around their lives,” says AIICT.
“The course is designed for individuals who aspire to work in ICT administrator or technician roles, or those currently in entry-level roles who want to formalise the experience and on-the-job skills they have developed.
“The certificate provides a solid base of knowledge to equip students for a broad range of roles within the ICT industry. The course covers some of the most in-demand ICT skills, such as networking and cyber security, which are an ideal starting point for any individual looking to enter the ICT industry.”
“AIICT aims to provide the most contemporary, relevant, and future-focused skills for students to succeed. When the demand for skilled ICT professionals skyrocketed even further this year as organisations transitioned to remote working, AIICT wanted to address this shortage by providing more opportunities for organisations to upskill their staff”, said Jon Lang, CEO of AIICT.
“If we are going to fix Australia’s critical skills shortages in ICT and encourage more professionals into the field, it is crucial that professionals have access to flexible, quality online training programs, which they can structure around their lives”, Lang said.
AIICT list key learning outcomes of the course as including:
- Develop strategies and apply critical thinking to work processes
- Install, manage and configure virtual environments
- Maintain the security and integrity of an organisation’s networks and system
- Create, maintain and troubleshoot networks for an organisation
- Identify and respond to cyber security threats and incidents
- Develop and action Cyber Security response plans
AIICT says the course is delivered online over the duration of 12 months, and contains 20 units structured into four major streams of learning, including ICT Essentials; Supporting Clients and Data; Networking and Security; and Cyber Security Incident Handling.
And some of the specific career opportunities associated with the Certificate IV include Network Technicians, Help Desk Support members, Computer Network Professionals and Network Administrators.
“AIICT operates using a unique self-paced course schedule, which is not bound by the traditional academic structures of terms and semesters. The flexible learning options allow students to build an online learning schedule around their life, and start studying at any time that suits them,” Lang said.
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